Pan Africanism : Copying one of the white man hopes end in failure in Africa

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  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What is one of "His" hope? Genetic engineering promises. His instance does not translate well to our instance. Not against the "white" man but dont boast when people lives are on the line and ultimately wasted in vanity.

    Gene crops no help to Africa so far - report
    Tue Jan 10, 2006 5:46 PM GMT172

    By Manoah Esipisu

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gene-altered crops have made little impact in ending rampant poverty and hunger in Africa or elsewhere a decade after the first significant plantings, two anti-GMO lobbyists said on Tuesday.

    The Africa Centre for Biosafety and Friends of the Earth Nigeria said in a report issued in Johannesburg that promises by biotech corporations that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) would offer cheap quality food for Africa remained unfulfilled.

    "Contrary to the promises made by the biotech industry, the reality of the last 10 years shows that the safety of GM crops cannot be ensured and that these crops are neither cheaper nor (of) better quality," said Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

    "Biotech crops are not a solution to solve hunger in Africa or elsewhere," he said in the report.

    But U.S. biotech giant Monsanto rejected that conclusion, saying there were thousands of documented benefits of GMO technologies in South Africa, China, India and parts of America.

    "With the exception of South Africa, which still produces a surplus of food, no other African, poverty stricken country has yet had the opportunity to plant transgenic food crops -- they are still in the process of implementing regulatory legislation," Andrew Bennett, a Johannesburg-based Monsanto official, told Reuters.

    "So, clearly, these technologies have not had the opportunity to impact hunger and poverty. It is not coincidental that the only country in Africa that has approved transgenic crops is the only one with a surplus of grain and is also able to supply food to its neighbours," Bennett added.

    The report said GMO crops in Africa would not solve hunger because most crops so far available were meant for animal feed and did not target hunger or poverty.

    It said the GMO sweet potato in Kenya, presented by researchers as a key crop to help African agriculture, had shown little success by the end of January 2004.

    It also said that after 10 years of GMO crop cultivation more than 80 percent of the area cultivated with biotech crops was still concentrated in only three countries -- the United States, Argentina and Canada.

    Intensive cultivation of GMO soybeans in South America contributed to deforestation, and had been associated with a decline in soil fertility and soil erosion, the report added.

    Monsanto's Bennett said his group and other biotech corporations were profit-driven but gains from their work could be traced around the world where 7 million farmers in 17 countries had planted 81 million hectares of transgenic crops.
     
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    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Africa News
    Mali farmers don`t want GM crops
    By UPI
    Jan 31, 2006, 19:00 GMT

    SIKASSO, Mali (UPI) -- Mali farmers say they don`t want trials of genetically modified crops to begin in their nation -- the fourth poorest country in the world.

    The decision came following the first African \'farmers` jury\' to debate the issue, The Independent reported Tuesday. During the five-day meeting arguments for and against GM crop technology were presented.

    The meeting was held in southern Mali, where two-thirds of the nation`s cotton is produced and where attacks by bollworm have destroyed large swaths of cotton crops during recent years, the newspaper said.

    Biotechnology scientists claim to be able to produce an insect-repellent cotton crop that would survive attacks by bollworm, but environmentalists say GM crops benefits are outweighed by the harm farmers would face.

    \'GM technology gives seed companies power over the entire agricultural sector,\' said Michel Pimbert, director of the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, which organized the meeting.

    Farmers said they are also worried new GM technology would damage their way of life. One farmer said he feared GM farming would marginalize \'the mutual help and cooperation among farmers and our social and cultural life.\'

    Copyright 2006 by United Press International
     
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    Blaklioness Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In THIS case, failure is a GOOD thing. If Mother Africa isn't more careful about embracing certain aspects of "Western technology", she will find herself on a fast road to complete descent. It's is wonderful that many of the people there can recognize.
     
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